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“Amazing experience being a Qantas pilot for a few hours”

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Qantas Flight Simulator Experience
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Qantas recently opened up their flight training simulators at Mascot Jet Base for public experience. Upon arrival, after going through Security, you're taken into the waiting lounge which is fitted out like a business class cabin and offered refreshments while you watch a briefing video. You're then taken through the crew safety training area and see firsthand the aircraft emergency procedures, the swimming pool and "rain" in which the crew are put through every eventuality. Then it's off to the flight simulator itself, in this case a 747-400, worth A$30m. For two hours the "pilot" practices take-off, landing, cruising and instruction from a trainer who does this real time with Qantas pilots. Included in the cost you can take a second person who acts as "co-pilot" and who can also choose an airport to fly into/out of. At the end of the experience you're given a bag of memorabilia, including your flight certificate. In all it's a great experience, something for non-pilots and pilots alike. Makes you respect the experience airline pilots and crew have and when flying in future you'll be more aware of just what's happening in the cockpit.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I flew to Australia from Heathrow last March and can't speak highly enough of the Qantas flight. We travelled in premium economy to Singapore in a very old BA jumbo then boarded a Qantas plane to Brisbane. What a difference the Qantas flight - new plane, top class service, little table cloth, huge blankets. We felt thoroughly spoilt. When we did the return flight coming home, Qantas was brilliant, then changed flights at Singapore to a very old BA jumbo which rattled along the runway, you could tell from the interior the plane was old and worn out. Will be glad when they get their new fleet. Well done Qantas for making our journey special.

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